Box Office: The box office gets spicy

    Author Zoe Aresti

The Weekend Box Office Round-up

It was going to take a big film to knock No Time To Die off the top of the box office and in terms of spectacle, films don’t get much bigger than Dune. Denis Villeneuve’s sandy epic opened in the top spot with £5.7m, which includes £1.1m from Thursday previews. Villeneuve’s last film was the similarly huge Blade Runner 2049, which opened with £6.1m, which included £858k from Thursday previews, so Dune’s preview total was higher, while the Friday to Sunday total was lower. Blade Runner 2049 finished its run with £19.2m, so if Dune performs similarly, it should be looking at a final total around £17.5m.

No Time To Die has now been in cinemas for just 25 days and has banked a huge £78m. Over the weekend it added £4.7m, just £93k behind Dune’s Friday to Sunday total and it’s now the eighth biggest film in UK history, having just overtaken Toy Story 3 (£73.9m) and The Lion King (£76m). This week it will overtake Titanic (£80.2m) to become the seventh biggest film of all time.  

Venom: Let The Be Carnage took something of a tumble on its second weekend, falling 61% to £2.4m but that was enough to take it to £11.2m and it’s now the 11th biggest film of 2021 and should be comfortably in the top 10 by the end of its run. The final total of the first Venom (£20.2m) looks to be out of reach though. In sad news, it would seem that in the last four years the UK public’s interest in The Boss Baby has waned significantly. The first The Boss Baby film opened with a chunky £8.1m in 2017, which included £5.1m in previews. The sequel, The Boss Baby: Family Business could only manage £1.2m this weekend and looks like it’s going to fall well short of the first film’s final total of £29.1m. I think The Boss Baby will be collecting their P45 in the morning.

The Addams Family 2 rounded out the top five, adding £885k for a new total of £5.3m. It will be looking to add to that total over the half-term week this week and it surprisingly looks like out-performing the other family options, The Boss Baby: Family Business and Ron’s Gone Wrong.

Outside of the top five, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch opened in sixth with £868k, which includes £96k from previews. Wes Anderson’s last live action film was The Grand Budapest Hotel, which finished its run with £11.5m but this was the first of his live-action films to really break out. Prior to that his biggest live-action film was 2003’s The Royal Tenenbaums, which grossed £3.3m, while Moonrise Kingdom was the only other title to cross the £2m mark, finishing on £2.1m. The French Dispatch looks like it will top that by the end of its run.

Dear Evan Hansen is waving through a window but nobody is waving back. The musical has been a smash on Broadway and on the West End but failed to find an audience on the big screen, opening in ninth with £236k. After In The Heights didn’t set the box office alight in the summer, it’s been a tough time for musicals since cinemas re-opened. Hopefully that will change by the time West Side Story is released before Christmas.

Overall the box office was down 8% from last weekend.  

Next Weekend

Last Night In Soho is the latest film from Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver). Thomasin McKenzie stars as an aspiring fashion designer who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer (Anya Taylor-Joy). But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker.

Antlers is a horror directed by Scott Cooper (Out Of The Furnace, Hostiles) and produced by Guillermo Del Toro. In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher played by Keri Russell, and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.

Across The Pond

Dune opened in the top spot with $40.1m, which is an impressive number when you consider it was available to watch at home on HBO Max at the same time. Its worldwide box office is currently $220.7m, so fingers crossed we get part two. Halloween Kills came in second with $14.5m, which is a huge drop of 71% from last weekend, but that takes its total to an impressive $73.1m. No Time to Die came in third, adding $11.9m in its third weekend for a new total of $120m. Venom: Let There Be Carnage came in fourth, falling 45% from last weekend to $9.1m, which takes its total to $181.8m. Ron's Gone Wrong completed the top five, opening with $7.3m.